Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations


Rafael Ramírez: We advocate the immediate cessation of the colonisation process in Palestine


New York, 13th August 2015.-During the debate held this Thursday at the United Nations Security Council, the Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Rafael Ramírez, highlighted the fact that conflicts in the Middle East have been exacerbated by foreign intervention, military invasions and interference in the internal issues of countries.  
The debate was chaired by Murray McCully, New Zealand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Nickolay Mladenov, Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
“One of the fundamental problems of the conflict is that political instability in the Middle Eastern region has been induced by opposing geopolitical interests and perspectives which, to achieve their own political or military ends, have financed, propped up and sustained the military operation of non-state armed groups that eventually become terrorist groups” indicated Ramírez.
He added that a solution for the situation of the Palestinian people is an essential element for moving forward in the process towards political stability that will bring peace and tranquillity to the region.
Ramírez highlighted that the territorial plunder of Palestine has been occurring for over 50 years and added that “From that time, the occupying force, Israel, has gone ahead with a permanent process of colonisation of the territory in the face of inaction by international community and in flagrant violation of international law, the United Nations Charter and the right to free self-determination that support the rights of Palestinians to an independent State, with the borders internationally recognised in 1967”.
Ramírez recalled the Israeli attack on Gaza one year ago, which cost the lives of 2220 people, among whom were 551 children, in addition to causing thousands of injuries and destroying homes.
The Venezuelan diplomat urged the Security Council to “agree on firm action in favour of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people over their territory” and advocated the inclusion of Palestine as a full member of United Nations.